Friday, June 12, 2020

Think it possible you may be mistaken

I go on Twitter because it keeps me informed of news and opinion, as well as providing jokes and levity, and a place to publicise my writing.

Sometimes I can't stand it because it can be like a sewer, with insults and nastiness, intolerance, and much much worse. It makes me sad that people cannot be more respectful. 

I don't often mention my Quakersim on the blog, but this morning when I went on Twitter, I thought of these two points from our Advices and Queries, because  everyone on social media might benefit from considering them, whether or not they believe in God. (And just for the record, I don't.)

17.  Do you respect that of God in everyone though it may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern? Each of us has a particular experience of God and each must find the way to be true to it. When words are strange or disturbing to you, try to sense where they come from and what has nourished the lives of others. Listen patiently and seek the truth which other people’s opinions may contain for you. Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Do not allow the strength of your convictions to betray you into making statements or allegations that are unfair or untrue. Think it possible that you may be mistaken.

22.  Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships. Refrain from making prejudiced judgments about the life journeys of others. Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship asks of us? Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God.

And now you've read them, here's a photo I took from a recent excursion. I was going to say 'an irrelevant photo' but it's not, because the beauty of the natural world is never irrelevant.

I hope you have a good day, dear friends. 


Sally said...

Hi Sue, Wise words, a good start to my day. Hope you have a happy one too. Sally x

Sue Hepworth said...

Thank you, I just got my bike ride in, so that’s a good start!